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Try Top Vino at These Boutique Wine Shops in the Hudson Valley

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Whether you’re searching for world-class European wines or trying to sample more Hudson Valley vino, these boutique shops have you covered.

By Greta Stuckey and Megan Wilson

 

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Artisan Wine Shop

80 Main Street, Beacon

At this local Hudson Valley wine shop, you can find a selection of natural wines that are biodynamic, organic, and sustainably produced. In addition to plenty of classics, find robust collections of orange or skin-fermented wines, rosé, port, and other eclectic options. The shop also carries spirits, ciders, and sake that feature local ingredients. With a commitment to small-scale producers, Artisan Wine Shop carries creations from Hudson North Cider Co. It also stocks unique beverages such as gin soda grapefruit, a series of non-alcoholic wines, and spritz in a can. 

Blacksmith Wines

286 Main Street, Cold Spring

At Blacksmith Wines, you could drink anything from a 1950s Darozze Bas Armagnac vintage wine to something more modern and experimental. The vintage wines are separated by their age and range from the 1950s to 2010. The collection of wine is purchased from wholesalers, distributors, and private wine collectors from across the world. Specifically, Blacksmith specializes in French, Spanish, Italian, German, and Australian releases. Of course, shop a robust domestic selection as well.

Bluebird Wine and Spirits 

5059 US Highway 209, Accord

On the corner of Route 209 and Main overlooking the Rondout Creek, this modest house is home to a selection of trendy wines, including orange and sparkling varieties (beyond your usual prosecco). Join Bluebird’s wine club to pick up a new option each month. When you stop in, you might even be greeted by one of the feline “shop attendants,” Buddy and Lamont.

Boutique Wines, Spirits and Cider

18 Westage Drive, Fishkill

This boutique is open seven days a week and offers curbside pickup for a convenient way to get a curated collection of wines, spirits, and ciders. However, if you go inside, you will experience the 15-ft apple tree with a tap system that produces fresh hard cider. The tap offers 13 different hard ciders with flavors such as pineapple, apple pie, winter solstice, and hibiscus ginger. Of course, this Dutchess County shop offers an ample selection of Hudson Valley and New York state wines. Whether you are looking for a local spirit or a trendy drink like orange, natural, or pet nat wines, you can find it here. 

 

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Dirty Bacchus 

380 Main St Suite 100, Beacon 

Located on Main Street, Dirty Bacchus likes to think of themselves as a sort of farm stand for wine; every bottle they stock is low-intervention, sustainable, and vegan. Explore the world one variety at a time with natural glou-glou wines (low alcohol and very drinkable), rosés, and pét-nats from right here in New York to summer favorites from Germany and Chile.

Dylan’s Wine Cellar 

50 Hudson Ave, Peekskill

Dylan’s Wine Cellar boasts a vast assortment of natural and organic artisanal wines. In addition to carrying wine from all over the world, it also curates a selection of New York craft wines and spirits. Peruse the collection of 90-plus rated wines, which include legendary bottles of Barolo, Chianti Classico, Brunello, Bordeaux, and many others. In addition, the shop also holds 17 different liquors in its boutique ranging from gin to single malt whiskey and bitters. Throughout the year, Dylan’s Wine Cellar also holds community events such as wine tastings, which can be found under the events page.

 

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Ester Wine and Spirits 

57 N Front St, Kingston

This inviting boutique has a calming aesthetic with wood floors, beams, and wine racks. You can check the chalkboard for the most popular items or you can browse on your own. With an array of racks around the boutique, the shop offers a variety of wines and spirits. It receives the majority of its wine from Italy, Spain, Portugal, and France. Try incredible vino from the Rhone Valley, Burgundy, Alsace, and other notable French wine regions. It also works with local distilleries such as Dennings Point to stock Hudson Valley specialties like Beacon Bourbon. 

Flowercup Wine

Cold Spring

Behind the simple white brick façade of this shop is an interior chock-full of handcrafted wines. In front of an ever-changing chalk mural, fairly priced wines sit on handmade shelves accompanied by tags with flavor profiles, descriptions of how they’re made, and more to help simplify the buying process. Bonus: if you live in the surrounding areas of Philipstown, Putnam Valley, and Beacon, The Local Winers’ Club (which is free to join) will give you 10 percent off all your Flowercup purchases.

 

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Grapefruit Wines

127 Warren Street, Hudson

This shop carries a wide array of grape varietals and styles (including natural wines), with price points to accommodate both a casual night in or a special occasion dinner. If you frequent Hudson, get in on their wine share program—pick up two or four bottles of seasonal wines, accompanied by recipes, suggested playlists, and more.

Hudson Valley Wine Market 

119 Main St, Gardiner

At this wine boutique, you can find almost any beverage you are looking for. The Hudson Valley Wine Market carries international wines, national wine, and more regional and local wines from the New York area. Highlights from this region include Whitecliff Vineyard, Benmarl Winery, Quartz Rock Vineyard, Robibero Winery, and more.  In the spirits section, the shop works with local distilleries to sell different Hudson Whiskeys. It also offers Honey Whiskey from Catskill Provisions, and aged bourbon whiskey from Hillrock Estate Distillery. 

Hudson Valley Wine Merchants

341 Warren St, Hudson

Established in 2004, this boutique offers wines from around the world. The boutique offers a wine club for frequent customers who can join to receive discounts on their favorite drinks. Every week, the Hudson Valley Wine Merchants have a special menu of featured wines for the week which can be found on their website. The featured wines are a curated menu of reds, whites, orange, and  rosé all for a discounted price. The shop also offers spirits such as mezcal, gin, tequila, and rum. 

 

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Kingston Wine Co.

65 Broadway, Kingston

With a vast selection of wines that are organic, natural, and made in micro batches by small producers, this little corner shop in the Rondout is the spot for out-of-the-ordinary bottles. Not sure where to start? Order a one-time curated case of six to 12 bottles (from $106–$310, depending on how many you want and how much you want to spend) of reds, whites, rosés, and orange wines—and you might just discover a new favorite.

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The Reed Street Bottle Shop

Coxsackie

This bright blue storefront is hard to miss—and good thing, because their super affordable wines from local and independent producers are worth the stop. With bottles ranging from under $15 to over $100 and spanning classic reds and whites to unique fortified varieties, there’s something for everyone on the neatly labeled shelves. If you don’t have a specific type in mind, be sure to talk to the owners—they’ll gladly help you choose.

 

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Solo Vino 

354 Main St, Catskill 

Opened in 2018, Solo Vino was created to replicate the shared enjoyment of wine and community in Italy. The owner, John Michael, took a trip to Italy and returned home with a mission to transform his Catskill studio into a wine boutique. The boutique offers a variety of wines from different countries like Italy, France, and Argentina. It recently began carrying more natural and biodynamic wines with options such as rosé, pinot noir, and sparkling tea. It also has other liquors and sake available on the shelves. 

Wine Geeks

Armonk

Lining the walls of this repurposed gas station are curated bottles of everything from organic vinos from far and wide to locally crafted distillates. As a service-oriented spot, the shopkeepers are always happy to lend a hand, just let them know your preferences. Broaden your wine horizons and sign up for a fun and informative tasting class, like Sake to Me and a Wine Tour of Tuscany.

 

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What Is Orange Wine?

It has nothing to do with citrus. Orange wine and white wine are cousins, if not siblings. The only difference: grape skins are left on the white grapes during fermentation for orange wine, giving it a lovely, blush-colored hue. According to William Tisherman (below) from Wine for All, “Orange wine is more intense and less refreshing than typical white wine. It’s more of an acquired taste, but for people who care deeply about the technical side of what they are drinking, orange wine is a fascinating new area with a lot of experimentation that invites a deeper connection to the whole wine-making process.”

Related: Your Comprehensive Guide to the Wineries of the Hudson Valley

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